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Peter Cunningham is the Executive Director of Education Post, a Chicago-based non-profit communications organization supporting efforts to improve public education. He recently served as Assistant Secretary for Communications and Outreach in the U.S. Department of Education during the Obama Administration’s first term. Prior to that he worked with Arne Duncan when he was CEO of the Chicago Public Schools.
He is affiliated with Whiteboard Advisors, a DC-based education policy and research firm and serves on several non-profit board, including Great Schools, The Montessori School of Englewood, Manufacturing Renaissance, and Foolproofme.com.
Peter founded Cunningham Communications, serving public, private and non-profit clients, worked for political consultant David Axelrod, and was a senior advisor and speechwriter for Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley.
A native New Yorker, Peter began his career as a journalist with small weekly newspapers in New York. He earned an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University and a B.A. in Philosophy from Duke University. He is married to an artist, Jackie Kazarian, and they have two adult children who are proud graduates of Chicago Public Schools.